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Matt Lafleur: 'The Ball's Gonna Get Spread Around' in Packers Offense

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVAugust 31, 2022

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Fantasy owners, listen up: Matt LaFleur is pumping the brakes on Allen Lazard's potential breakout season.

"I don't think anybody's clear cut in front of the other guy. I think it's gonna be very much the ball's gonna get spread around and we're gonna try to feature different guys in different spots," LaFleur told reporters Wednesday when speaking about the Packers' wide receiving corps.

Lazard has been hyped throughout the offseason as a potential replacement for Davante Adams as Aaron Rodgers' top receiver. It seems LaFleur will have a more egalitarian approach to targets, though it's a near-certainty one player will stand above the rest as Rodgers' favorite.

Lazard has been hyped throughout the offseason as a potential replacement for Davante Adams as Aaron Rodgers' top receiver. It seems LaFleur will have a more egalitarian approach to targets, though it's a near-certainty one player will stand above the rest as Rodgers' favorite.

In all but one season since 2013, Rodgers' top option has gotten more than 120 targets and has topped the 150-target mark four times. (The lone exception came during Rodgers' injury-plagued 2017 campaign.)

Even if Lazard winds up on the lower end of that spectrum, he will still provide value from a fantasy perspective. He's being picked as WR43 in fantasy drafts, which is way too low for the default top target in a prolific offense.

The Packers drafted Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs to help fill out the receiving corps, but it's hard to believe the notorious perfectionist Rodgers will have much patience for the hiccups of the younger players.

Someone is going to emerge as the trusted No. 1 target; smart money remains on Lazard, even if LaFleur is taking the hose to his rising draft stock.

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